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dc.contributor.authorThomas-Anttila, Ken_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-09T21:56:36Z
dc.date.available2019-09-09T21:56:36Z
dc.date.copyright2019-08-17en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Applied Hermeneutics, 1-10. doi: ttps://doi.org/10.11575/jah.v0i0.68717
dc.identifier.issn1927-4416en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/12803
dc.description.abstractPsychotherapy is often described as the art and science of endeavouring to understand the other. The difficulties inherent in understanding have contributed to psychotherapy being described as “the impossible profession” (Malcolm, 1980). In this article I explore the difficulties of understanding in the psychotherapy relationship, drawing on the hermeneutic phenomenological thinking of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Heidegger, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty in particular, as well as the thinking of psychotherapy writers. I note the relationship between the spoken word and silence, whereby words emerge from silence and contemplation. Further, that understanding is enhanced by being willing to place oneself continually in the position of apprentice learner, by remaining open and able to tolerate uncertainty and not knowing and, to closely attend to one’s own and to the other’s emotional states as they manifest in the work. In describing a clinical case from my practice, I illustrate the complexity and difficulties of doing any or all of these.en_NZ
dc.languageEnglishen_NZ
dc.publisherUniversity of Calgaryen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttps://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/jah/article/view/68717en_NZ
dc.rightsAuthors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
dc.subjectPsychotherapy, hermeneutics, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, listening,en_NZ
dc.titleUnderstanding the Other in the Psychotherapeutic Relationshipen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccessen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.11575/jah.v0i0.68717en_NZ
aut.relation.endpage10
aut.relation.pages10
aut.relation.startpage1
aut.relation.volume2019en_NZ
pubs.elements-id363636
aut.relation.journalJournal of Applied Hermeneuticsen_NZ


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